I hurried to my house, and was astonished. A lot of people were dead in front of my house. I called the names of my family members but there was no answer.
Soon, my house caught fire and began to burn. The wind was from the west and I was standing on the east of my house. It was so hot that I couldn't stay where I was. I would have died if I kept standing there. So I evacuated across the Shiroyama River.
People who were crushed under a collapsed house called me,
"Mr.Sugimoto, help me! Mr. Sugimoto, help me!"
I could see their bodies and heads, but I couldn't do anything for them all by myself. They were under the collapsed houses.
I said to them,
"Hang in there, I will go get the rescue team come for help. Please be patient."
I then went to the Shiroyama Primary School. There was the mountain of dead bodies and the injured on the playground.